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The Taking of Tiger Mountain(智取威虎山)

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China · 2014
2h 21m
Director Tsui Hark
Starring Zhang Hanyu, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Tong Liya, Lin Gengxin
Genre Adventure, Thriller, War

Based on an incident in 1946 during the Chinese Civil War, the film focuses on a communist soldier named Yang Zirong. Aiming to infiltrate a group of bandits, he disguises himself as one and eventually helps the main force to destroy the gang.

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Slant Magazine by

Cheery and happily empty-headed, the present-day subplot adds little but sentiment to a film shot through with cliché characters, a predictable plot, and undisguised reverence.


Variety by Maggie Lee

The film’s strength really lies in its thrilling pace and robust action, elaborately choreographed and executed to involve a large ensemble of characters in a gripping way.


Los Angeles Times by Martin Tsai

Tsui will try anything once in 3-D. Splatters of blood travel in bullet-time, and the requisite ridiculousness — like action scenes with skis and zip-lines — characterize Tsui's work. But bookending the story with the 2015-set prologue and epilogue turns out to be his most inspired touch.

88 by Peter Sobczynski

This lavish period piece contains enough thrills, spills and moments of cinematic grace that not only manage to push it through the rough spots but allow it to put most American action films of recent vintage to shame.


Village Voice by Simon Abrams

The Taking of Tiger Mountain may not always be as grand as it should be, but its thrills compensate for its shortcomings.

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